Appeals Court Rules ‘NBA 2K’ Players Lack Standing to Sue Over Face-Scanning
201711.22
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Appeals Court Rules ‘NBA 2K’ Players Lack Standing to Sue Over Face-Scanning

The privacy battle isn’t quite over, but suing gamers experience a setback at the 2nd Circuit. In the past few years thanks to various court decisions, it’s become tougher to mount a class action lawsuit with appellate judges tightening what plaintiffs must show in order to have standing to sue. That’s especially important as digital…

Universal Music Sued Over “Baby Come Back” Royalties
201711.07
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Universal Music Sued Over “Baby Come Back” Royalties

[By: Ashley Cullins] The 1977 song is still actively licensed, according to the complaint, and has recently appeared in everything from ‘The Simpsons’ to Toyota commercials. Universal Music Group and Vivendi are being sued for allegedly underpaying royalties on Player’s 1977 hit “Baby Come Back.” Overrated Productions this year acquired rights to the work from…

Judge to Decide Vexing Question in Entertainment: License Needed to Show Body Tattoos?
201705.18
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Judge to Decide Vexing Question in Entertainment: License Needed to Show Body Tattoos?

[By: Eriq Gardner] A judge lets Take-Two, publisher of ‘NBA 2K,’ seek declaratory judgment against the owner of a tattoo design featured on LeBron James’ body. If a film, television show or video game incidentally shows a copyrighted tattoo, is that infringement? The question has provoked several law journal articles and quite a bit of…

Conan O’Brien Headed to Trial Over Claims of Stealing Jokes
201705.15
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Conan O’Brien Headed to Trial Over Claims of Stealing Jokes

[By: Eriq Gardner] Alex Kaseberg overcomes a summary judgment motion and moves forward on jokes about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument. Is the world of comedy about to experience a “Blurred Lines” moment? On Friday, a federal judge ruled that while jokes based on current events are only entitled to “thin” copyright…

21st Century Fox Says It Isn’t Liable for Discrimination at Local TV Stations
201702.03
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21st Century Fox Says It Isn’t Liable for Discrimination at Local TV Stations

[By: Ashley Cullins] The media giant says a freelancer included “sensationalized and inflammatory” comments involving ousted CEO Roger Ailes in her lawsuit to get press attention. 21st Century Fox owns more than 20 local TV stations across the country and it isn’t responsible for discrimination that happens at any one of them — according to…

Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams Accused of Copying “Spark the Fire” Chorus
201701.13
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Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams Accused of Copying “Spark the Fire” Chorus

[By: Ashley Cullins] Among other things, the court will consider whether pronouncing “fire” as “fi-ya” is protectable by a copyright. Few music lovers would draw a parallel between Gwen Stefani’s music and that of a band like Korn — but that’s exactly what a complaint filed Thursday in Colorado federal court seeks to do. Richard…